I have read so many good reviews about Oriental Spoon dimsum from the various blogs, that when I receive an e-mail for the weekend+ public holiday dimsum buffet promotion at 18.80++( adult) from 11.30a.m – 3 pm, I was filled with glee and immediately forward it to Chunny and called Sooka to make reservations for Saturday.
11:35 : A waitress gave us the menu and asked us what tea would we like and after making a decision, we asked her how do we order, is there a cart that goes around ? waitress reply, oh, for orders, we have to speak to her supervisor ..ok..supervisor came to our table ( we were still 4 person short at that time) we choose the ‘Har-gau’ prawn dumplings 過海蝦餃皇 ,fried dumplings, steamed beef balls in beancurd skin 腐皮牛肉球 , ‘siu mai’with scallops帶子干蒸賣, ‘lotus root in guai-far broth 桂花糠蓮藕 and ‘wu kok’- yam dumplings ..and we waited..and waited and waited…
12:00 The beef balls came next and being more used to the ‘springy’ beef balls , we find the texture of the beef balls at Sooka was soft and the taste so-so. By now, the expectations of the food had dropped to about a 30% level with suggestions around the table on better dimsum around KL.
12:20 The lotus root thingy came next and the exclaimation that came from the first ‘food tester’ was..’eh..why sour one’ ? the holes of the lotus root was stuffed with something and the pieces came in some kinda soupy thingy. I won’t order this again.
12:30 We started another round of ordering (and the fried dumpling hadn’t arrive after almost 45 minutes) which included shark fin -‘siu long pau’, ‘egg tart’ , spring rolls, bitter gourd + fish paste 順德釀涼瓜 and ‘yam cake’
12:45 We enjoyed the egg tarts , the pastry were very flaky and the custard was not too sweet.
13:00 At this point of time, we have been sitting at Sooka for one and a half hours’. ..all the tables were taken up…I would say that from time of ordering , to getting the orders at the table, was extremely slow… after ordering, the dish will arrive after 10 minutes, some after 30 minutes and some didn’t turn up at all..as Alice would say ..curiouser and couriouser…!there were quite a number of waiter/ waitresses running around and they are very prompt to refill the teapot if you manage to get their attention, so it must be the kitchen’s fault that food is so slow ?
13:10 The rest of the company had arrived by this time, and another round of orders took place, congee, radish cake, stir fried vegetable, phoenix claw, beef and radish, and including a repeat of the ‘har-gau’ , egg tarts, wu-kok.
13:20 And we ran out of food at the table ! it was almost a 10 minutes lapse before the next dish came, the siu long pau, there were something resembling shark fins as the garnishing, and the comments were, ‘so dry one, no soup inside’ out of the 4 pau, only 1 had some broth in it, I didn’t try this, so can’t comment on the taste.
13:30 The stir fried vegetable was so-so.
13:40 Next came the yam-cake and the radish cakes, , which were pretty ok. And by this time, we had come to a conclusion…there is an ‘expiry’ time , if you don’t get your orders in say, 45 minutes after ordering , then consider that your order had expired (or self destruct – like the ‘Mission Impossible’ recording devices), and you would have to re-activate / re-order again. Which made us feel that -as if, since it’s a buffet, they don’t care that whether your orders get to your table or not.
13:45 another round of ordering
13:55 The stew beef + white radish 蘿蔔燜牛腩 came in a claypot, the general comment – the beef was tough
14:00The 2nd har-gau order came, and the comment was – better than the first, then surprisingly a 3rd order of har-gau ( which we didn’t order) arrived, and instead of the four dainty ‘gau’ as a foursome in the middle, they were ‘hiding ’ in a row at the side of the steamer.
14:10 we checked with the waitress on the ETA of the egg tarts and we were told that, they ran out of egg tarts…hmm..and they didn’t bother to tell us.
I had to leave before the meal ended, so I have no idea did the spring roll, congee, char siu pau, …… ( and the other earlier orders) finally turn up at the table…i think it must be something about the cart that makes dimsum arrive faster at your table lah ..
Location : Sooka Sentral is the building directly opposite the MAS Check-in area at KL Sentral.
1st floor, Sooka Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, 50470, KL
Tel: 03-2261 3222